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New Mexico’s Conversos and Crypto-Jews

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Program #11007RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Moderate
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Elevation Note
Albuquerque is at an altitude of approximately 5,300 ft. Moderate physical activity at all sites.

Itinerary for Nov 16 — Nov 21, 2014

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Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, November 16 - Arrival / Orientation
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00 PM.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar table to register with the program staff, to get your welcome packet containing your name-tag, up-to-date schedule and other important information, and to confirm the time and location of the Orientation session.

If you arrive late, please ask for your packet at the front desk when you check in.

Dinner: At the hotel in our reserved section of the dining room, enjoy an extensive buffet with complimentary soft drinks, coffee, tea from 6:00 - 7:00 PM.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet everyone and lead introductions. We will review the program theme, the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss safety guidelines, emergency procedures, roles and responsibilities, and answer any questions you may have.

Indicated times are approximate; program activities and schedules may need to change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

We have set aside some free time in the schedule for your personal independent exploration.

Take the rest of the evening to continue getting to know your fellow participants, relax, and get a good night’s sleep for the full day ahead.

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, November 17 - A History of Sephardic Judaism from Spain to New ...
A History of Sephardic Judaism from Spain to New Mexico / Albuquerque City Exploration

Note: Getting on and off bus with no lift. Standing at site visits and museum.

Breakfast: Buffet at the hotel, including eggs and omelets cooked to order, a variety of cereals, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, Danish and muffins.

Morning: This morning our expert instructor will introduce us to the fascinating story of New Mexico's rich heritage of Jewish culture, which extends from the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

Lunch: Buffet lunch at the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch we'll board our motor coach and depart for an excursion through Albuquerque on our way to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. We'll travel along part of old Route 66 and make a stop at the Holocaust Memorial.

The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is dedicated to preserving and perpetuating Pueblo culture and advancing understanding by presenting with dignity and respect, the accomplishments and evolving history of the Pueblo people of New Mexico.

We'll return to the hotel after viewing the exhibits at the IPCC.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: We'll continue learning about Converso and Crypto-Jewish history with a lecture about "The Columbus Question."

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, November 18 - Meet a Converso / Field Trip to Acoma Pueblo
Note: Getting on and off bus (no lift). Walking for as long as 2 hours over uneven and rough packed dirt terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll "Meet a Converso" and hear about our instructor's Converso/Crypto background.

Lunch: At the hotel

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll board our coach and depart for Acoma Pueblo, one of the oldest pueblos in the state. Located approximately 65 miles from Albuquerque, Acoma is often referred to as "Sky City."

The oldest part of the pueblo was built on top of a 400-foot-high mesa to protect it from attack. Much as it was several hundred years ago, the pueblo has no electricity and no running water, but its residents vie for chances to live there for a year at a time. There are other pueblo villages at the base of the mesa, where most of the Acoma Indians dwell.

We'll have an opportunity to explore the Cultural Center, and go to the top of the mesa where we'll explore the old part of the pueblo with a Native American guide. We'll learn about the pueblo's connection to Jewish history, see the adobe dwellings and an old Spanish church, and meet some of the inhabitants of this remarkable historic place.

Dinner: At the hotel

Evening: Evening at leisure or optional video, "The Milagro Beanfield War"

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, November 19 - Stories from the Lives of Conversos and Crypto-Je...
Stories from the Lives of Conversos and Crypto-Jews / Video: "Expulsion and Memory" / Field Trips to National Hispanic Cultural Center and Old Town / Dinner on Your Own / Free Evening

Note: Getting on and off bus (no lift). Standing at museum. Walking over paved terrain at Old Town.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Expert-led lecture, "Stories from the Lives of Conversos and Crypto-Jews," followed by the video "Expulsion and Memory."

Lunch: At a selected restaurant

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll pay a visit to the art museum at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.

Located along the bank of the Rio Grande, the National Hispanic Cultural Center (NHCC) is dedicated to the preservation, promotion, and advancement of Hispanic culture, arts, and humanities. Since the grand opening in 2000, it has staged over 50 art exhibitions and 500 programs in the visual, performing, and literary arts, and provides venues for visitors to learn about Hispanic culture throughout the world. We'll visit the museum's exhibitions and the Torreón Fresco, the largest concave fresco in the world, depicting over 3,000 years of Hispanic history.

We'll then go to Albuquerque's historic Old Town. Old Town has been the focal point of community life since Albuquerque was founded in 1706. About ten blocks of historic adobe buildings surround the central plaza, including San Felipe de Neri Church, which was built in 1793 and is the oldest building in the city. The city's settlers built their homes, shops and government offices here; many of these have been converted into the restaurants, art galleries and shops that comprise Old Town today.

Our coach will return to the hotel from Old Town. Those who wish may remain in Old Town for dinner, but will need to arrange for their own transportation back to the hotel.

Dinner: This meal has been excluded from the program cost and is on your own to sample the local cuisine. The Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions and give directions to restaurants both downtown and near the hotel.

Evening: Free evening

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Type: Full Service Hotel

Description: Large hotel with mid-town location and free parking

Contact info:
2020 Menaul NE
Albuquerque, NM 87107 USA
phone: 505-884-2511
web: www.mcmelegantealbuquerque.com

Room amenities: Data ports, irons, ironing boards, hairdryers, refrigerators upon request

Facility amenities: Heated pool, spa and exercise room, restaurant and lounge on premises

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Hotel's best seasonal rate.
Arrange for pre and post hotel nights directly with hotel at (505) 884-2511.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, November 20 - Field Trips to Chimayó and Santa Fe / Rancho de C...
Field Trips to Chimayó and Santa Fe / Rancho de Chimayó Restaurant / Sweet Tomatoes Restaurant

Note: Getting on and off bus (no life). Walking up to a mile over paved and unpaved terrain.

Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: This morning we'll depart for a day-long field trip to Chimayó and Santa Fe.

We'll first go to Chimayó. This Hispanic village has changed very little over the last two hundred years. On arrival, we'll visit Santuario de Chimayó, famous for the reputed healing powers of its "holy dirt." The Santuario also displays some remarkable folk art, from its beautiful retablos, stations of the cross, and bultos (statues of the saints). This little sanctuary is a testament to the historical significance of religion in small Hispanic communities and to the simple faith of many northern New Mexicans today.

We'll also visit the shop of a local weaver, where we'll see some examples of the beautiful weavings that families in Chimayó have been producing for generations.

Lunch: At historic Rancho de Chimayó, a charming restaurant housed in an old hacienda.

Chimayó is known for its heirloom chiles; most New Mexican dishes are served with red or green chile. (New Mexico's official state question is "Red or green?") If you'd like to try both, order "Christmas!"

Our group will have a plated meal, ordering from a special menu featuring traditional New Mexican cuisine, with chips, salsa, and a non-alcoholic beverage.

Afternoon: After lunch, we'll depart for Santa Fe, where there will be free time to explore the plaza. There are many colorful shops and galleries in the area, as well as a number of museums. You'll have museum passes for admission to the state museums (Palace of the Governors, the New Mexico History Museum, and the New Mexico Museum of Art) adjacent to the plaza.

The Palace of the Governors and New Mexico Museum of history feature historic documents and exhibits relating to the settlement of New Mexico and Santa Fe. The New Mexico Museum of Art offers changing exhibits by famous past and present artists of New Mexico and the Southwest.

Other nearby museums of interest include the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, dedicated to the work of this extraordinary artist, the Museum of Contemporary Native Art, and the Pablita Velarde Museum of Indian Women in the Arts.

Late afternoon: Meet our coach at a designated location and depart for Albuquerque.

Dinner: Sweet Tomatoes restaurant in Albuquerque. Sweet Tomatoes offers a wide variety of items on a salad bar, including soups, breads and dessert options. It's a nice change of pace, allowing you to eat as much - or as little - as you like.

Evening: Return to the hotel for evening at leisure

Lodging: MCM Elegante

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Six: Friday, November 21 - Hidden Jews Around the World / Hotel Check-Out / ...
Breakfast: At the hotel

Morning: Our final lecture of the program discusses more contemporary views of how the Jewish culture has influenced, and continues to influence, northern New Mexico.

If you are departing from the hotel, please check out no later than 12:00 PM.

Lunch: Early lunch at the hotel. This concludes our program.

We hope you enjoy Road Scholar learning adventures and look forward to having you on rewarding programs in the future. Please be in touch via the Road Scholar Social Network, where you can share memories, pictures, and comments. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

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Included
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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 4 dinners
6 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips

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